This chapter focuses on the breeding period in the avian migrant's annual cycle, from arrival on the breeding grounds to completion of reproductive activities. Arrival times naturally differ for different kinds of migratory birds. In temperate eastern Europe, for example, long-term averages of first spring arrival dates for different species are spread out over almost three months, with short-distance migrants generally arriving back earlier and showing a much broader range of annual variation in arrival time than their long-distance counterparts. This chapter also discusses avian migrants' site fidelity and dispersal, selection of breeding habitat, and the interval between arrival and reproduction during the process of migration.
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